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Wayne Post
  • GIRLS TENNIS PREVIEW: Canandaigua, Pal-Mac look to defend titles

  • A look at the area's girls tennis teams in 2013.
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  • The Canandaigua girls tennis team broke through in 2012, winning its first Section 5 team championship in the program's history. Palmyra-Macedon captured another Finger Lakes East title and won its first sectional title since 2008.
    Both teams will look to defend their titles this fall.
    Victor is looking to build on a strong 2012 season in which the Blue Devils lost a close match to Canandaigua in the Class A sectional final. However, Victor is making the jump up to Class AA this fall.
    In the Finger Lakes West, Bloomfield, Marcus Whitman, Midlakes and Naples will see if they can dethrone powerhouse Mynderse. The Big Green are coming off a loss in the Class C final.
    Here's a look at the area's girls tennis teams:
    Bloomfield Bombers
    CLASS/LEAGUE: Class CC, Finger Lakes West
    COACH/YEAR: Jacob Warner/12th Year
    TOP PLAYER: Rayissa Amon, Jr.
    ACHIEVEMENTS: Returning at first singles player after she qualified for individual sectionals in 2012.
    COACH'S COMMENT: She's hard-working and loves to play tennis. We're trying to build a competitive program, have fun every day and learn the game.
    Canandaigua Braves
    CLASS/LEAGUE: Class A, Monroe County Div. 1
    COACH/YEAR: David Ducharme/12th Year
    2012 RECORD/PLAYOFFS: 16-3, Won Class A title
    TOP PLAYERS: Alyssa DeMott, Jr.; Amy Smith, Jr.; Libby Roberts, Sr.; Chloe Karnisky, Sr.; Elisa Sloth, Jr.; Gabrielle Murphey, Sr.; Margaret Osborne, Sr.
    ACHIEVEMENTS: DeMott and Smith played second and third singles respectively for the Braves last year.
    COACH'S COMMENT: We need to rely on the depth of our ladder if we hope to repeat as sectional champions. We lost six starters from last year's squad, so we definitely need some of the newcomers to step up. The girls are working really hard, so that is a good sign.
    Harley-Allendale Columbia Wolves
    CLASS/LEAGUE: Class B, Independent
    COACH/YEAR: Rajesh Singaravelu/1st Year
    2012 RECORD/PLAYOFFS: 4-7, Lost in first round
    TOP PLAYERS: Kristina Benjamin, Jr.; Ava Sauer, Sr.
    COACH'S COMMENT: Both of the girls have put a lot of work into their game since the end of last season. They are extremely competitive. They are driven to play their absolute best but more importantly, I love how they encourage their teammates to play their best as well.
    Marcus Whitman Wildcats
    CLASS/LEAGUE: Class CC, Finger Lakes West
    COACH/YEAR: Bryan Law/6th Year
    2012 RECORD/PLAYOFFS: 8-6, Lost in semifinals
    Page 2 of 3 - TOP PLAYERS: Heidi Rice, Sr.; Alli Bailey, Jr.; Sonja Christofferson, Sr.; Kiri Smith, Sr.; Sarah Hill, Jr.; Ryan Goodman, Sr.; Hailey Bodine, Sr.; Teresa Craugh, So.; MacKenzie Feldman, Jr.
    ACHIEVEMENTS: Rice went 9-1 in the league at first singles in 2012 and was the Daily Messenger's Girls Tennis Player of the Year. Smith went 6-3 at second singles in league matches in 2012.
    COACH'S COMMENT: Watch out for 2012 Daily Messenger Player of the Year Heidi Rice. She has won two individual sectional third-place split-colored patches (2011 and 2012) in singles. She is determined to be her best ever in her senior year. She already looks sharp and is ready to be as competitive as possible with the best players in our league and section.
    Midlakes Screaming Eagles
    CLASS/LEAGUE: Class B, Finger Lakes West
    COACH/YEAR: Margaret Turner-Read/16th Year
    2012 RECORD/PLAYOFFS: 4-6
    TOP PLAYERS: Kelli Leitner, Sr.; Shannon Harasta, Sr.; Sierra Adams, So.; Kylee Peisher, So.; Rebecca White, Jr.
    ACHIEVEMENTS: Leitner is returning at first singles. Kylee Peisher and Rebecca White had a winning record at doubles in 2012.
    COACH'S COMMENT: This is my 16th year coaching girls varsity tennis team, and I am pleased to report that the girls from Midlakes look fairly strong this year. What I really feel will be different this year is the positive attitudes that easily flow from this team. They make me want to be a better coach.
    OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH: Shannon Harasta, Sr.; Sierra Adams, So.; Mikalyn Kommer, Jr.; Mackenzie Kommer, 8th.
    Mynderse Blue Devils
    CLASS/LEAGUE: Class CC, Finger Lakes West
    COACH/YEAR: Mike Marriam/16th Year
    2012 RECORD/PLAYOFFS: 14-3, Lost in Class CC finals
    TOP PLAYERS: Laura Jacuzzo, Sr.; Emily Sullivan, Sr.; Sam Felice, Sr.; Aubrea Partee, Sr.; Audrey Gribnau, Sr.; Neetu Chandak, Sr.
    ACHIEVEMENTS: Jacuzzo, Sullivan, Felice, Partee, Gribnau and Chandak were Finger Lakes All-Stars. Sullivan and Felice were Section 5 Class C doubles champions.
    COACH'S COMMENT: We are blessed with six starters returning, and addition of junior Grace Doebler makes up for the graduation loss of Gabby Marriott. Hopefully, Emily Sullivan and Sam Felice should repeat as Class C doubles champs. We have worked hard during the offseason and have had a great pre-season.
    Naples Big Green
    CLASS/LEAGUE: Class C, Finger Lakes West
    COACH/YEAR: Bill Moesch/40th Year
    2012 RECORD/PLAYOFFS: 10-4, lost in Class C finals
    TOP PLAYERS: Jessie Gorcica, Sr.; Hannah DelGatto, 8th; Chloe Hamman, Sr.; Karli Stekl, Sr.; Bella Gaigano, Sr.
    ACHIEVEMENTS: Gorcica went 12-2 and was a Finger Lakes All-Star. Hamman went 9-3 at first doubles in 2012 and Stekl went 8-3 at first doubles.
    Page 3 of 3 - COACH'S COMMENT: All of the girls are focused and working hard to improve and fill the shoes of the five seniors we lost.
    OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH: Sam Spofford, Avril King, Lexie Goff, Sam Bell, Claire Cooney and Emma Liebentritt.
    Palmyra-Macedon Red Raiders
    CLASS/LEAGUE: Class B, Finger Lakes East
    COACH/YEAR: Tane Robinson/5th Year
    2012 RECORD/PLAYOFFS: 16-2, won Class B title
    TOP PLAYERS: Megan Doyle, Sr.; Corin Deloge, Sr.; Erin Graham, So.; Cara Graham, 8th.
    ACHIEVEMENTS: They were all Finger Lakes East all-stars in 2012. Doyle was undefeated at second singles in league play.
    COACH'S COMMENT: We expect to compete for a league title, and to be competitive in the postseason.
    Victor Blue Devils
    CLASS/LEAGUE: Class AA, Monroe County
    COACH/YEAR: Josh Bartolotta/2nd Year
    2012 RECORD/PLAYOFFS: 10-5, Lost in Class A final
    TOP PLAYERS: Ajla Karabegovic, Fr.; Emily Stanley, 8th.
    ACHIEVEMENTS: Karabegovic was a state quarterfinalist in doubles in 2012. Stanley had a winning record at third singles as a seventh grader.
    COACH'S COMMENT: While both are still young, they have tremendous talent and incredible potential. With dedication and hard work, they could become two of the best female players in Section.
    OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH: Sarah Marro, 8th; Mia Haller, Jr.
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